Jun 24, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
Greece
2-1
Ivory Coast
Samaris (42'), Samaras (90' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)
Bony (73')
Drogba (37'), Kalou (62'), Die (70')

Giorgos Karagounis: 'Greece showed passion'

Greek national team midfielder Giorgios Karagounis takes part in a practice session in Chester, Pennsylvania, on June 2, 2014
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Giorgos Karagounis puts Greece's dramatic 2-1 victory against Ivory Coast down to the 'passion and fight' shown by his teammates.

Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis has put his side's 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast down to the 'passion and fight' shown by his teammates.

The win in Fortaleza, which was secured with a late Georgios Samaras penalty, ensured that the Ethniki would advance through to the last 16 of the World Cup for the first time.

Following the game, Karangounis told reporters: "We came here to advance from the group stage. We've never done it before, and we did in a great way.

"The goal should have come earlier. So God helped us in the end and we all thank him. We prevailed against the odds. We had passion and we had fight."

Greece will face Costa Rica in the next round for a place in the quarter-finals.

Giorgos Samaras of Greece celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal on a penalty kick during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match on June 24, 2014
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